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Bonbini Festival Show

Fort Guzman, Oranjestad, Aruba
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Ranked #12 of 27 attractions in Oranjestad
Type: Performances, Amusement/ Theme Parks
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We thought this would be an entertaining way to learn about the culture of Aruba, but the show a little too "off-the-cuff" for us. Admission is $5 (not bad), and there are some local artisans selling jewelry and other goods inside the front door. They also sell a limited amount of local food, which we didn't try. The show itself... More

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Jamaica, New York
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Prior to attending, I was somewhat concerned because there were several negative reviews. I guess it depends on your expectations. If your expecting a Las Vegas type review, you'll be disappointed, If you're looking for a fun evening and want to learn something about the music, dance, and culture of Aruba, you'll have a very nice time. The performers and... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

The show was great, and so was the local food for sale. Beforehand they had some local crafts available for purchase. I learned a lot about Aruba and for 5 dollars it was worth going. The dancing, performances, and singing were all really great and fantastic. The host was funny and entertaining.

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Bronx, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

The outfits are very bright and colorful. The music is nice and the dances are beautiful. The food was also delicious.

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Parkland, Florida
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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

The locals call this the Bon Bini Festival held every Tuesday night and all tourists are invited to mingle with the locals and learn more about the culture and lifestyle. Lots of local food and drink, dancing and music, quite an experience! Thoroughly enjoyed it and would love to return.

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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

For $5.00 per person you get a little bit of the history of Aruba, from colonial times to the self governing of 1986. Some local musicians and youth dancers who change their costumes as they represent the changes to island culture. At 1 and half hours some people felt it was a bit too long. But you can by food... More

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Overland Park, Kansas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed the show on our last night. It is held every Tuesday. It is kind of like a mini Carnival with the history of Aruba. This was really the first time that we found out about Aruba's history. The music was great and the dancers wore I presume authentic outfits. Since Apparently Aruba has a festival every month,... More

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Oroville, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

This shouldn't really be called a festival, it's more of a show for tourists showcasing different festivals that take place on the island. "Bon Bini" means "welcome" in Papiamento. It's kind of funny that we were seeing the “welcome “festival on our last night, but it worked out. Save the best for last. They started about half an hour late.... More

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Wheeling, West Virginia
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

The food was terrible and the show was the same thing over and over with different colored ruffles. The couple with us became ill after eating fish there and we threw our chicken dinner away.

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Dieren, The Netherlands
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We didn't knew what to expect but it was a good night with music and dance and a bit of carnaval atmosphere.

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